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Alcona County commissioners OK new jail tracker system

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners approved on Wednesday purchasing a new jail tracker system, Jail Tracker and CORE Technology, for the sheriff’s department. Undersheriff Matt Perkins said the department’s current system for the jail and police reports, LEMS, ...

Street surfing

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Micky Lounsberry takes advantage of the dry streets and sidewalks to ride his longboard around town Wednesday. Much of the snow in the area has melted after several days of warm temperatures and rain.

Allor introduces resolution of support in state House for sanctuary

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State Rep. Sue Allor has introduced a resolution to express support for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and oppose any reduction of its boundaries. Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce submitted a report reviewing all designations and expansions of national marine sanctuaries ...

Decompressing

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Rachel Piltz swings at the playground at Starlite Beach Park Tuesday, as the snow melts around her. Piltz said she enjoys swinging because it helps her to decompress, reduce stress and to unwind.

AHS hosting vigil for shooting victims today

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ALPENA — As the country comes to grip with the reality of the loss of life from another school shooting, some in Alpena have arranged a special silent vigil Wednesday to remember the 17 victims who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Oftentimes after ...

RC council approves new mayor pro tem

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ROGERS CITY — Ken Bielas was voted to be the new mayor pro tem at the City of Rogers City Council meeting Tuesday. Bielas will take over the position for council member Gary Nowak who resigned at the last council meeting. Council member Dick Adair nominated Bielas, and the rest of the ...

Splash park design to be unveiled soon

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ALPENA — Another step toward the construction of the splash park in Alpena has been taken and soon the public will be able to see its design. According to Alpena Planning and Development Director Adam Poll, preliminary design plans have been submitted from four vendors and been reviewed ...

Hillman adopts RRC resolution

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HILLMAN — The Hillman Village Council adopted a Redevelopment Ready Communities resolution on Tuesday. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has established the statewide Redevelopment Ready Communities Program to empower communities to shape their future and maximize economic ...

Road commission received MDOT grant

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Road Commission received a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a one mile road gravel project on Herron Road off of M-32 on Tuesday. In a letter from MDOT, the work description is to raise the grade approximately two feet to improve ...

Sundin gives State of the City address

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council received its State of the City address from City Manager Greg Sundin Monday night, and although there is still choppy water ahead economically, the city is in fine shape financially and in terms of growth and development. The report reviewed city ...

Area superintendents meet with Allor, Stamas

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LINCOLN — Superintendents from Iosco, Alcona, and Alpena counties met with State Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Sue Allor on Monday at Alcona High School to discuss the schools. Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Superintendent Scott Reynolds said Stamas and Allor met with ...

Committee recommends millage renewal

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ALPENA — It appears voters in Alpena County are going to have an opportunity to renew the youth and recreation millage for a second time in August. If the ballot language is approved by the board of commissioners, the half mill will continue for another four years and generate $455,000 ...

Warm temps not expected to last; precipitation likely

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ALPENA — The warm temperatures expected today won’t last, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Kurz. He said today the temperature will climb from the 40s into the mid 50s, but it will be a dreary day. There is a lot of rain to be expected across the state, he ...

APS adopts AHERA asbestos resolution management plan

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education adopted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act asbestos management plan indemnification resolution on Monday. Ken McInerney, facilities and transportation director for APS, has been designated to ensure the requirements under ...

Learning a new instrument

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Karen Brindley, Judy M. Nichols, and Pam Borchert play ukuleles at the Madeline Briggs Center Monday in Alpena. The women are part of a group who meet every Monday to play and learn the instrument together.

First time competitors take 1st place

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ALPENA — In its first year, the Hillman Elementary Science Olympiad team won in the Elementary Science Olympiad Regionals on Saturday at Lincoln Elementary. Led by teachers and coaches Gina Robertson and Crystal Vogt, the team practiced every day after school for an hour learning all the ...

Northern Michigan business receives MSF, MEDC funds

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LANSING — Two business expansions and four community revitalization projects that will generate more than $111.4 million in total investment and create 204 jobs around Michigan have received Michigan Strategic Fund approval for support, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation ...

AHS hosts robotics practice driving, teamwork

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ALPENA — Seven teams were at Alpena High School on Sunday to practice driving their robots and learning the new game. Hillman Jr./Sr. High School and Atlanta High School were two of the teams still working on their robots before the competitions begin. Hillman is in its first year after ...

Learning skills:

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ALPENA — Seniors at Alpena High School are participating in the career readiness training through the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce and Friday some took part in mock job interviews. Local professionals posed as employers and conducted an interview, and the students a potential new ...

Council, planning commission approve CIP

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ALPENA — A special session of Alpena Municipal Council and the Alpena Planning Commission was held Thursday to approve the annual capital improvement plan. Both boards voted to adopt it and now the projects will be considered when the city does its budget. According to Planning and ...